Consider the contingencies and factor in fatigue. Today’s travel gets more complicated by the minute. What if you had to hustle for a tight connection — could you make It with your carry on bags? Check it or carry It on board — that is the question on many travelers’ minds as they choose what to take and which luggage to use. Business travelers on tight schedules may have a different view of the subject than leisure travelers. I’m stating my opinion here: I prefer to check my bags for everything beyond an overnight or very short trip.
I plan my trips to allow enough time for checking my luggage and claiming It at the other end. I don’t wont to drag my wheel-aboard along miles of airport concourses; I’m not strong enough or tall enough to lift a loaded bag up into the overhead bin; and I do have faith that my checked luggage will be there when I want to claim it. I spent my working career traveling with two large checked bags and my catty-on was a heavy slide protector. I never lost a bag. Yes, my bags have been delayed but not often so I don’t fear checking my bags.
I now see virtue in traveling lighter, but lighter does not have to mean carry-on. reflects needing to travel light by train and car- on international flights I check my bag. Checking baggage works for me and it may work for you too.
Know the TM Checked Baggage Rules New security measures are in place (or all types of transportation.
Airlines, trains, and buses now require higher levels of security. with airlines being the most specific. For current airline security information, check www.smartpacking.com or ism nhtsa.dot.gov.
Follow these rules and your bags will easily pass security.
1. All airline checked baggage is now screened for explosive devices by the TSA using several methods; some are visible In the airport lobby and some out of view in the baggage areas.
2. bags must be unlocked to allow for possible manual check. trig of contents
3. You must check your bags yourself and show current government-Issued photo identification (drivers license or passport). Be prepared to present your photo ID and boarding pass al the airline check-in counter, at the security checkpoint, and again at the gate.There may he additional screening at the gate.
4. No sharp objects of any kind or sire are allowed into an aircraft cabin; they will be confiscated by airport security. Pocket-knives, sharp pointed scissors, corkscrews, and multi-purpose tools may all be packed In checked baggage, but not in catty.
Pack Checked Bags for Easy Screening
1. Do not pack food In checked bags t chocolate, cheese, and other foods have the same density as explosives and may trigger at manual bag search. Carry these Items In your carry-on bag Instead
2. Avoid stacking dense items such as books — spread them out in a single layer for easier viewing.
3. Group small Items in clear see-through containers or plastic hags to make the contents of your bag easy (or security screen-as to check and repack.
4. Pack less or take two lightly packed bags Instead of one that is too full. Over filled bags take longer to check manually and arc more difficult for security screeners to repack with the possibility that your luggage could miss your flight.
5 Place shoes on top as they may contain metal parts that require hand Inspection. Use clear shoe bags, not cloth ones
Follow Aldine Bag size and Weight Rules Domestic airlines have begun diligently enforcing bag site and onght regulations that have been in existence for some Wm. They are now charging hefty fees for overweight bags, oversized bags, and for checking more than the two bags allowed per pas wager. Rules differ from one airline to another so It Is Important to check by phone or on the website before traveling. International rules vary by destination so be sure to check with your airline.
Domestic Airline Baggage limitation You at C allow two checked bags per ticketed passenger Extra bags will be accepted for a tee. In addition, each passenger may carry on one bag not exceeding 45 linear Inches, and one small personal item such as a purse or briefcase.
Your largest checked bag may not exceed 62 linear Inches (length • width • depth). Overman bags are accepted for a fee
No bag may weigh more than SO pounds. Fees arc charged on bags weighing between 50 and 70 pounds, and higher fees for bags weighing over 70 pounds. Airlines will not accept bags weighing over 100 pounds — these must be shipped as cargo
The Fees are high If you think you will simply pay the fee, here is an example of what overpacking can cost.
Fees are charged on a one way basis—double this figure if you arc traveling round trip. Don’t forget that for must travelers, luggage gets heavier as the trip progresses!